In September 2015, after an 8-year battle with ovarian cancer, my mom, Susan Sargent, passed away. Three years later, I'm still lost for words when it comes to describing my state-of-mind as it relates to my mom's death and my sadness in losing her. It has felt that honoring her publicly would somehow underappreciate what she means to me. But, time changes things. While it has taken me three years, I have come to the realization that others might get to more quickly: I am part of a community of those affected by cancer and we need to come together to maximize our impact.
A big part of doing something, is finding the right thing to do. When I first spoke to Brian Oates in December, I think he thought I was joking when I said I was interested in joining the Golf Fights Cancer team. It was late in the game for 2019, and I’m not exactly in shape, and I don’t run. But, I’m obsessed with golf and we were at a steakhouse in Pittsburgh playing a game that involved passing around a bottle(s) of port and making up drinking rules. My passions were all covered; this must be the right thing.
I’m running for my mom, Susie Sargent. I’m running for my friend Tyler’s sister, Katherine Steffey. I’m running for everyone who has been touched by this disease. I’m running for Golf Fights Cancer because, for me, it’s the right thing.
Since 2004, Golf Fights Cancer has granted over $5M towards equipment, financial relief, staffing, and other cancer-related programs to make an immediate tangible impact in the fight against cancer. 73 GFC grants have supported 40 different cancer-related organizations. Over 29,000 donations to date have been received. Here’s a link to our detailed grant history: http://golffightscancer.org/our-grant-history/.
Please give generously and please pray for me on April 15th.